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Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

20 April 2017, 07:19 | Bernard Bryant

Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

In Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung took note of the clear implication that the United States would not defend South Korea.

Pence used the anecdote to reinforce his message that the United States and South Korea are bound by history, shared sacrifice and common values.

"The alliance between the United States and Japan is the cornerstone of peace and security in Northeast Asia", he told Abe.

The video ended with a picture of the American flag in flames, overlapping row after row of white crosses in a cemetery.

Asked about possible talks with the North, she said, "I think there is a feeling that the time - the conditions are not really ripe for any kind of talks until North Korea shows that it is serious about what would be accomplished by undertaking such talks". According to ABC News, the celebration in North Korea consisted of singing and trumpets blowing as footage of the February missile testing played behind the orchestra. And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew worldwide condemnation.

President Donald Trump in Washington and Pence at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea have signaled a forceful US stance on North Korea's recent actions.

Vice President Pence, visiting Japan on his 10-day tour of Asia, said the USA has launched bilateral talks with Tokyo in the hopes of reaching a new trade agreement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday made a new appeal calling for calm on the Korean peninsula. The Aegis warships began exercises to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the US Navy said in a statement.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol told the BBC that missiles would be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

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"The Trump administration has made the decision and has taken steps to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership". At the time of a previous missile test by North Korea on April 5 US satellites observed an increased activity in Sinpo. Seoul, the South Korean capital, is within easy range of North Korean long-range artillery.

Trump has said he's willing to make trade and economic concessions to China in return for its help with North Korea.

One of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's closest aides, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, suggested that the Japanese government might try to breathe new life into the TPP, which was meant to encompass 12 Pacific Rim nations that comprise and covers 40 percent of the world economy.

Some see him as a hot-tempered, unpredictable leader who might attack North Korea before it masters the technology to build a nuclear-tipped missile that could hit the US mainland.

Meanwhile, the U.S. waded again into military action, dropping a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), the United States military's largest non-nuclear weapon, on an ISIS hideout in Afghanistan, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to USA officials.

The defense ministry said US and South Korean air forces were conducting an annual training exercise, codenamed Max Thunder, until April 28. "A trade deal with the US will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

Strategy is needed in dealing with Kim's maniacal pace to develop a missile and nuclear weapons program that not only threatens neighboring nations but could someday reach America.

Earlier this year, China called on the USA and North Korea to give up something to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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